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CdA School Safety Overhaul Begins

Coeur d'Alene School District 271 transportation shop technician Lynn Porter, center and foreman Joe Mares, left apply #22 to a bus on Thursday. The district is installing large numbers on the top of its school buses so police can easily find a bus if it's hijacked. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

The tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has slipped from the headlines, but the lessons learned from the mass shooting of students and teachers last December are translating into millions of dollars in security improvements at Coeur d’Alene schools. The school district is upgrading door locks, surveillance cameras and fencing, tightening building access and updating emergency response plans at all 17 of its schools. Even the bus fleet is getting attention: new digital radios with GPS navigation, security cameras and large numbers affixed to the roof to help police track down from the air any bus that goes missing/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you feel better re: safety of local schools as a result of this security upgrade?




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